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  1. #1

    Can't boot past loading Kernel (Fedora 4)

    Hello everyone,
    Strange issue. 2 different boxes, Fedora 4 up and running on first box, no problems.
    2nd box - was able to install Fedora all the way, but upon booting, it would hang at the following:

    Booting 'Fedora Core (2.6.11-1.1369_FC4)'

    root (hd0,0)
    Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4 ro root=LABEL=/
    [Linux-bzImage, setup=0x1e00, size=0x18e473]
    initrd /initrd-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.img
    [Linux-initrd @ 0x3fde000, 0x10e893 bytes]

    and I sit at a flashing prompt for ever.

    So...I tried another hard drive...same issue. Finally ghosted (sector by sector) my good working installation from the other box, slapped
    the hard drive into the 2nd box and it booted! Only change I made was starting httpd, mysqld and setting a static IP and brining the interface eth0 down and back up. Did a shutdown -r -time now, the thing rebooted, and is now stuck at the above message with the eternal flashing prompt.

    I have limited Linux experience and do not know where to go from here.

  2. #2
    Here's some additional info: I noticed that the previous installations all had garbage in /etc/fstab on the swap line. Attempting to correct this did not result in any successful boots, though it appeared to be a problem.

    I booted into rescue mode, here's my /etc/fstab. Notice there is no swap partition, even though I had initially installed one.

    #This file is edited by fstab-sync - see 'man fstab-sync' for details
    LABEL=/ / etx3 defaults 1 1
    LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
    /dev/devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
    /dev/shm /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
    LABEL=/home /home ext3 defaults 1 2
    /dev/proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    /dev/sys /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
    LABEL=/tmp /tmp ext3 defaults 1 2
    LABEL=/usr /usr ext3 defaults 1 2
    LABEL=/var /var ext3 defaults 1 2

    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto pamconsole,exec,noauto, managed 0 0

    /dev/hdc /media/cdrom auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0

    fdisk -l shows:

    Device Boot Start End Blocks ID System
    /dev/hda1 * 1 66 530113+ 83 Linux
    /dev/hda2 67 448 3068415 83 Linux
    /dev/hda3 449 830 3068415 83 Linux
    /dev/hda4 831 1240 3293325 5 Extended
    /dev/hda5 831 983 1228941 83 Linux
    /dev/hda6 984 1085 819283+ 83 Linux
    /dev/hda7 1086 1187 819283+ 83 Linux
    /dev/hda8 1188 1238 409626 82 Linux swap / Solaris


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